“The Director of Forensics position is a full-time position beginning August 1, 2016 at Trinity Preparatory School. Our program is well funded and supported by the school’s administration. Trinity Preparatory School’s forensics students travel extensively on the national forensics circuit and compete in all events except policy debate. Responsibilities: The Director of Forensics is responsible […]
April 16-17, 2016 The Hockaday School 11600 Welch Road Dallas, TX 75229 Dear Colleagues, We invite entries to the Hockaday Women’s Round Robin held Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, 2016, on the Hockaday campus. The round robin is an opportunity to compete against and celebrate women in debate. It is our hope that you will […]
I didn’t really know what to expect when I came to VBI. But I don’t think that I ever expected it to be so sad to leave. I found friends and mentors and debate skills and family. I became much more confident in myself as a debater and a person. It reminded me how much […]
I apologize for the ridiculous length of this article. If you just want the gist, you could probably stop after section 1. If you prefer to read it as a PDF, you can download the article. I thought about releasing it as a series of shorter posts, but I had already written the whole thing and figured it would be easier to […]
Call me old fashioned, but I think debates over the next few months should be about whether or not just governments ought to require that employers pay a living wage. Some debates will inevitably focus on whether particular countries should have particular kinds of living wage laws. I don’t think that such debates are, in […]
Jake Nebel studies Philosophy at Oxford on a Marshall Scholarship. As a coach, his students have won the TOC, NDCA, Glenbrooks, Bronx, Emory, TFA State, and the Harvard Round Robin. As a debater, he won six octos-bid championships and was top speaker at the TOC and ten other major tournaments. He co-directs the Victory Briefs Institute. Earlier […]
[W]e have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men. —George Orwell Many debaters and judges believe that intuitions should carry little to no evidential weight in a debate round. In this post, I discuss some of the most common arguments for this view. […]
Resolved: The “right to be forgotten” from Internet searches ought to be a civil right. Like it? Hate it? What does it mean? What will the most successful arguments be on each side?
Over the past few years, a lot of judges have claimed that something is wrong with debate theory as it is used in LD. But there is little agreement on what that something is. The alleged problems with LD theory include the framework of competing interpretations, the speech order and times, the lack of RVIs, […]
Vote for the topics that you want to debate over the next year! This round of voting, which ends on September 11, determines the topics for Nov-Dec 2014 through Sept-Oct 2015.